We provide support towards the protection of Zimbabwe’s wildlife in the Zambezi River Valley’s Protected Areas under the jurisdiction of Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. These collectively include UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, Biosphere Reserves and two Trans Frontier Conservation Areas
The Lower Zambezi Valley’s vast and wild Protected Areas are patrolled by
dedicated ZimParks’ Ranger Patrol Units
Our projects address the vital needs of antipoaching Rangers in their brave fight against the terrible poaching scourge for rhino horn and elephant ivory
The children of Rangers need nurturing and education in conservation
Funded by donors globally The Tashinga Initiative addresses needs in project component such as Solar Power for water pumping and energy provision, VHF and VSAT Communications, Ranger Antipoaching operations and Training, including support for intelligence gathering and informant networking, infrastructure rehabilitation and the building of new field stations, Mobility: the provision of vehicles and boats, Ranger child education and Ranger community well-being, focused on food security.
Zimbabwe’s Wildlife Authority is turning a corner by welcoming significant private sector investment in its unique protected areas which represent 13% of the country. Huge NGO and private sector effort through the past decades in support of ZPWMA has been the key towards a more secure environment for its wildlife. Tashinga Initiative is proud to be a part of this turn-around for wildlife and depends on enhanced donor support for its projects in Middle and Lower Zambezi’s wildlife protected areas.
THE TASHINGA INITIATIVE
We provide support to the protection of Zimbabwe’s wildlife in the Zambezi River Valley’s Protected Areas under the jurisdiction of Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. These collectively include UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, Biosphere Reserves and two Trans Frontier Conservation Areas.
Against the backdrop of highly intensified poaching scourge for ivory, rhino horn, bushmeat and fish the Project addresses the lack of operational capacity, illegal activity, unsustainable resource use and the needs of Ranger communities who are key to the ultimate protection of each National Park and Safari Area.
Inadequate budgets for conservation effort puts prize wildlife species, such as rhino and elephant at extremely high risk from poachers, and this risk currently is escalating. Despite all challenges, committed field Rangers continue to log high rates of arrests and convictions in their antipoaching operations. This is very much a result of generous donor support for these incredibly hardy, brave and determined Zimbabwean Rangers. The Trust has operated for 12 years.